Swimming & Diving Sweeps Triple-Dual Meet In Little Rock
North Texas Defeats Southern Illinois, Little Rock, Ouachita Baptist In Dual Meet Action
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — North Texas doubled its dual meet win total, sweeping Saturday’s triple-dual meet in Little Rock. North Texas defeated Southern Illinois (180-118), Little Rock (209-86) and Ouachita Baptist (238-54) to improve to 6-3 in dual meets on the season.
The Mean Green won first place overall in 11 of the 16 events, defeating competitors from Little Rock, Southern Illinois and Ouachita Baptist in each of those events. North Texas also picked up additional wins over UALR and OBU in two other events, giving them 37 wins out of a possible 46 wins over the 16 events.
“It’s really hard to come off a training camp and then try to get up and post season-best times,” head coach Brendon Bray said. “We were not really well rested. We got back on Wednesday night, trained Thursday and then had to compete in this meet.
“So to do what we did today was impressive. I was impressed by the girls’ ability to bounce back and post fast times today. We raced and we were competitive. We raced smart. We won a lot of close races at the end. All of that will help us get ready for TCU, where we want to be at our best.”
Sophomores Isabelle Morris (200 freestyle, 100 freestyle) , Sarah Vaisse (100 breaststroke, 200 IM) and freshman Rebekah Bradley (100 backstroke, 200 backstroke) won first place overall in two events.
Other individual winners included freshman Natalia Kwiatkowska (1000 freestyle), sophomore Caroline Culpepper (200 butterfly), freshman Brittany Thurstin (50 freestyle), sophomore Claudia Kitching (200 breaststroke), and sophomore Sydney Buckley (100 butterfly). Kwiatkowska also posted a season-best time of 10:28.63 in the 1000 freestyle.
As a team, North Texas swept the podium in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke, finished 1-2 in the 200 medley relay and finished first and third in four other events. The first-place 200 medley relay team of Bradley, Vaisse, Buckley and Morris posted a time of 1:45.52, the second-fastest time this season.
On the boards, junior Samantha Scheck led the way with a pair of third-place finishes in the 1-meter (217.70) and 3-meter (227.85) competitions.
“We had some really great swims today,” Bray said. “Rebekah, Claudia, Sarah Vaisse, Brittany Thurstin, they were all on fire, and our relays were really good. It was a really good day, especially considering how tired the girls were. We’re in a really spot right now.”
- North Texas pick up its first dual meet wins over Southern Illinois and Little Rock in school history, having already edged Little Rock at the North Texas Relays earlier this season.
- North Texas improves to 6-3 on the season, its best start in dual meets since 2011-12, when the Mean Green finished with a 6-4 record.
- The six dual meet wins is the most under head coach Brendon Bray and tied for the third-most in school history.
- North Texas doubled its event wins for the season with 37 wins over its three dual meets against Southern Illinois, Little Rock and Ouachita Bapist. Through nine meets this season, North Texas has 62 individual wins and 12 relay wins.
- Freshman Rebekah Bradley has three total events wins in her first two career meets
North Texas returns home for Senior Day against Metroplex rival TCU on Friday, Jan. 29. It’s their first home meet since a double-dual meet against Incarnate Liberty and Liberty on Oct. 10 and it’s also their last home meet of the season.